Wild Files: Whale Shark Rescued offShore in Thailand by Chevron Team

Jan 20, 2020 9:00 AM ET
Multimedia with summary

2019 | Gulf of Thailand

The Situation

  • Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production Limited operates the Erawan gas field, Thailand’s first and largest commercial natural gas field.
  • The gas field is located in the Gulf of Thailand about 140 km offshore of Nakhon Si Thammarat province..

During routine operations on October 19, 2019, workers spotted a young whale shark, approximately 16.4 feet (5 meters) long, in distress close to the Erawan-A platform.

A long, thick rope was wrapped around the whale shark’s tail. It is believed the rope came from having been entangled in a fishing net.

According to the Thailand Marine and Coastal Resources Department, whale shark sightings are an indicator of rich marine resources in the Gulf of Thailand.

Download the infographic and read the full report of the rescue here